Date of Birth
New York City, New York, USA
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni was born in Manhattan,
immersed in a rich family history spanning countless
generations and countries.
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The daughter of two globally prominent opera figures and
granddaughter of a Maestro who studied under Mascagni
and conducted for Giacomo Puccini.
Coralina began her career with her father's opera
company and, by the age of three, had a singing role in
Puccini's La Boheme. She became an active performing
member of this company until her early teens, when she
joined her father as assistant stage director in
prestigious opera theaters around the world.
Despite her love for the opera world, Coralina felt
herself drawn to film. Not long after making this
choice, having studied acting in the Unites States and
Italy, she starred in In Cerca D'Amore, a segment of the
TV show Passione Mia,produced by acclaimed actress
Her on screen acting skills and on-screen charisma
caught the attention of acclaimed filmmaker Dario
Argento, who cast her as the lead Sally, in his
production of Lamberto Bava's Demons 2. Her lively
performance in the movie prompted Argento to write the
role of Giulia expressly for her in his next movie,
Both roles have become iconic figures for fans all
around the world.
Following Opera's success, several directors (Dario
Argento, Lamberto Bava, Pupi Avati, Luciano Odorisio,
Andrea Manni, to name a few) have written roles
expressly for Coralina and worked with her on more than
Coralina was offered a scholarship to the
internationally recognized training center for
improvisation: Second City, in Chicago. Director Luciano
Odorisio whom Coralina had worked with on La Monaca Di
Monza and Via Paradiso, had always noticed along with
her strong dramatic skills a unique skill for comedy and
urged her to accept this offer. She took this advice to
heart and,along with her desire for a new artistic
venture, returned to the United States.
After attending Second City and performing on staged in
Chicago. Dario Argento cast Coralina once more in his
re-imagining of Gaston Leroux's Phantom Of The opera.
Performing alongside Asia Argento and British actor
Julian Sands, Coralina was privileged to have the role
of Honorine, a character invented exclusively for the
In recent years, Coralina composed and produced her
debut album Limbo Balloon, containing eclectic works
which embody an array of influences from rock and roll
to Opera. She has performed her music in venues in the
USA and Canada.
Coralina then began to experiment with her lifelong
ambition to paint. A self-taught artist, Coralina's solo
exhibits have gathered high praise within Manhattan's
gallery scene. Many of her pieces have since been
displayed in the USA and Europe. Her clientèle includes
many illustrious filmmakers and performers.
Lamberto Bava, cast Coralina as a lead (Elizabeth) in
his supernatural thriller Ghost Son, shot in South
Africa where she performed alongside John Hannah (The
Mummy), Laura Harring (Mullholand Drive), and Academy
Award nominee Pete Postlethwaite.
Upon completion of this film, Dario Argento cast
Coralina in the pivotal role of Giselle in the final
chapter of his long awaited "Three Mothers Trilogy" -
The Mother Of Tears . As with all his previous
collaborations, the director created the role of Giselle
specifically for her.
In 2008 Coralina was recipient of the Best Actress
Award at Fright Nights in Austria for The Dirt: a
film directed by the legendary Claudio Simonetti,
front-man of the band Goblin and composer of the
soundtracks for numerous movies,along with his sister
Simona Simonetti. The film also won a Special
Award at Rome's Fantafestival '08.
Journalist/writer Filippo Brunamonti approached her to
write her biography titled: Coralina: A True Life, due
out in 2009. To promote the launch of the book Coralina
wrote and co-directed along with renowned director
Mariano the book trailer.
She has just completed co-writing the film Hidden with
director Mariano Baino. The lead role of Haley in the
film was created expressly for Coralina.
Coralina divides her time between residences in
Manhattan and Rome.
Is bi-lingual; fluent in both English and Italian.
Performed in Puccini's La Boheme at age three. Her
grandfather worked with Puccini around the turn of the
Was discovered by Dario Argento after appearing on
Italian television in the mid-1980s.